Dr Paul Browning has been a school principal for more than 20 years and is currently Headmaster of St Paul's School in Brisbane, listed amongst the world's 100 most innovative learning organisations by Cambridge University's Innovation 800 series. Paul is a sought-after guest speaker in Australia and internationally, drawing from his evidenced-based research- 'Compelling Leadership - the importance of trust and how to get it'.
As reported in The Courier-Mail, Browning is 'one of the most respected and influential figures in education in the country'. He was awarded best non-government school principal in 2018 and is the recipient of the Miller-Grassie Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education for his contribution to research, literature and leadership.
Bem Le Hunte is the author of several short stories and four novels. 'The Seduction of Silence' and 'There, Where the Pepper Grows', have become number one bestsellers and been published internationally to critical acclaim. 'Elephants with Headlights' is her latest novel, published in 2020 just before COVID struck!
She is also a Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, where she’s the founding Director of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, a transdisciplinary, future-facing degree that teaches creativity across 25 different disciplines and explores the porous boundaries between fields, disciplines and industries. She has a BA and MA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and a Creative Doctorate from the University of Sydney (where she wrote an exegesis on the relationship between creativity and transcendence). Bem has also worked through three decades in the creative industries, and is currently researching creativity in education. Writing has always been her elemental passion, and the gift of this calling has allowed her to flourish in many ways and worlds – well beyond the written word.
Alan Reid is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of South Australia. He is a passionate advocate for public education and has written and spoken extensively about the importance of public schools to a healthy democracy. Alan has been critical of the direction that education policy has taken over the past thirty years, and in his recentbook he argues that we need a new narrative for Australian education.
Brett Wood, the founder and principal of Music Industry College is an experienced educator having spent sixteen years teaching with Education Queensland and working with disadvantaged youth for a further eleven years at The Spot Youth Services before establishing the college. Brett is a reluctant author, businessman and administrator. His passion for helping young people reach their potential is the driving force that guides his entrepreneurial spirit. He was recognised for his dedication to disadvantaged youth with the awarding of the Centenary Medal in 2001. His hope is that this book and the stories shared within will motivate you to make a positive difference to the young people in your life. Fingers crossed it may help change government education policy (is that too much to ask?)